This is a list of the best dishes in the world, comprised by Taste Atlas and ranked by diners around the globe. A feast for the palate and an excellent way to discover the history behind each culinary delight.
Taste Atlas is the website for a project that aims to create a map showing all the traditional dishes around the world. After gathering enough information, flavours and trends, they drew up a delicious ranking of the best dishes in the world.
This list includes culinary delights from Italy, Peru, Brazil, Bosnia, Japan, Georgia and Mexico.
The very best dishes are shown below, with some of the history behind these delicacies. Bon appétit!
Spaghetti alla Carbonara
This delicious and emblematic pasta dish was first cooked up in Rome. In its original recipe, the dish is made with a delicious sauce of parmesan cheese, black pepper, pancetta, and extra virgin olive oil.
Garlic and onion are often added to the mix when it is prepared in Europe, and sometimes even a little bacon.
This fresh and simple dish is originally from Peru. Its name comes from the word “cebo”, which was used in the 16th century to refer to cheap meals.
Given that it is made of small slices of fruit, vegetables, seafood and fish, many people looked down on it, and it soon became known as ceviche. Who would have thought that it would become one of the best dishes in the world?
Yes, this simple and delicious recipe also made it on the list. In Italy, this pasta dish accompanied with a mincemeat, tomato, carrot and onion sauce is a classic that has become popular around the world.
The dish was registered by the Italian Academy of Cuisine in the 1980s.
This Japanese delicacy could be considered a relic, as it was first prepared in the year 718. Since then, it has become a world favourite. Initially, the dish was fermented, and only rice was used to make the rolls. As the years went by and rice vinegar was invented, the rolls became more elaborate, especially when fish was added to the recipe.
Nowadays each country and region adds its own touch, and there is a great variety of different ingredients including chilli, cheese, melted honey and much more.
This dish might be one of the lesser-known on the list, but it is nonetheless a firm favourite in Georgia and popular around Europe. It is somewhat similar pizza, and it looks like leavened bread filled with cheese. One of the peculiarities of this dish is that, once it has been taken out of the oven, it is served with an egg on top.
Originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, this dish is prepared with sausages made from pork, lamb or beef mince. It is traditionally served on a large bread, accompanied with cheese, chopped onion and a typical cream from the region called “kajmak”.
This delicacy made of sliced beef has its origins in 15th century Spain. Once it arrived in Latin America, it quickly became popular in Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay, regions where the dish is served with bread buns and an array of garnishes.
Tacos al pastor
A delicious and colourful Mexican dish! This recipe has a notable Lebanese influence, due to the ingredients used, and it is prepared with exquisite thinly-sliced pork meat, or on some occasions, beef.
Before being served, the meat goes through a marinating process with annatto and crushed bell pepper, which is why the meat takes on its characteristic red colour. This dish is served with roasted pineapple, cilantro and spicy sauce.
The simplicity of this dish is what puts it above the rest. Its origins can be traced back to the early 1700s in the Naples region, and it stands out for its thin base, mozzarella cheese, tomato, basil and olive oil.
I’m sure that all this talk of food has got your mouth watering! Now you just need to decide which of these famous dishes you will try next.